The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (the Minister) announced three new schemes to tackle Ireland’s housing and homelessness crisis on 22 January 2018.The purpose of these initiatives is to assist a number of people in the community who are not eligible for social housing but cannot afford to rent or buy their own home. 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Why Ireland's new housing minister must focus on quality as well as quantity News 13 Jul 2020 Darragh O'Brien TD, Ireland's new Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, will be faced with the same problems as his predecessor: housing affordability, homelessness, and an … The new scheme will also involve a shared equity model, meaning that the state will take an equity share in a house. His amendment proposed for the government to extend the emergency provisions but not before consulting with health chiefs, Get all the very latest news in Ireland straight to your email every single day. He explained: "You would buy a portion of the house and the state would buy a portion of the house and it's an investment by the state in your home. I hope you will find the site useful and will continue to visit it. This motion was defeated and Mr O’Brien’s own amendment was passed by the House. He added" "The priority is for listeners who are in this trap of people paying rent and not being able to save the required amount for their deposit and feeling they will never own a home.".